The Souvenir (2019)

The Souvenir
Director: Joanna Hogg
Writer: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade
Seen on: 3.7.2020

Plot:
Film student Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) meets Anthony (Tom Burke), a government employee. They go on a date and she is quickly charmed by him. After her roommate moves out, Anthony asks if he can stay with her for a while and their budding romance soon turns into an intense relationship. But the more Julie hears about Anthony, the more doubts start creeping in if Anthony really is the man she thinks he is.

The Souvenir is a beautifully acted and shot film that stays engaging throughout. I enjoyed it, but I did not completely love it.

The film poster showing Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) and Anthony (Tom Burke) dressed up and reflected in a dark surface
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Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke

Plot:
Julian (Ryan Gosling) manages a boxing club in Thailand, including some drug business with his brother Billy (Tom Burke). When his brother kills an underage prostitute, police man Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm) allows the girl’s father to kill Billy. Her son’s death brings Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) to Bangkok, where she demands that Julian avenge Billy. But Julian is hesitant about this.

Only God Forgives is a heavy movie. It’s slow, gory and tells its story in dreamlike fragments. I understand that it isn’t for everybody, but I could lose myself in it.

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